October 2011: Gilbert Evans has advised Knutsford- based Fryer’s Garden Centre on the sale of its family-owned garden centre and award-winning rose growing business to Blue Diamond Garden Centres of Guernsey.

The 86,000 sq ft centre is located on a 19.5 acre site and was acquired for £2.7million.

Mike Gilbert, Partner and Head of Garden Centres at Gilbert Evans, acted on behalf of Fryer’s and comments:

“Fryer’s Garden Centre represents a great opportunity for Blue Diamond to redevelop and further expand an already successful business and to optimise the heritage of the worldwide renowned Fryer’s Roses brand.”

Gareth Fryer, Managing Director of Fryer’s Garden Centre said:

“We started looking at succession planning and I wanted to find the right partner to take over our family firm. Mike Gilbert guided us through the process, expertly matching us with a company who shared our values and quality of service. Blue Diamond’s reputation for quality made them a natural choice.”